My Favorite Quotes

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. ~ Anne Frank

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. 
~Anne Frank

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
~Anne Frank

"The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice." 
- Martin Luther King

“By following the example of a brave New Yorker, a woman who risked her life to shepherd slaves along the Underground Railroad.  On that path to freedom, Harriet Tubman had one piece of advice: If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If they're shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going.  If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.  And even in the darkest of moments, that is what Americans have done — we have found the faith to keep going.”
~Hillary Clinton

Idleness is the parent of psychology.
Friedrich Nietzsche

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, that the lover of knowledge is reluctant to step into its waters.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Is man one of God's blunders? Or is God one of man's blunders?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Women need to realize it’s not your body it’s the clothes.  If the pants don’t stop at your station, then wait for the next train. ~what not to wear TLC

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
  - Edward Gibbon

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
  - Umberto Eco

Reason to become an educated expert: “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”
  - Thomas H. Huxley

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
  - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
~ Shakesphere (Hamlet)

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.
  - Lane Olinghouse

The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.
  - Sir Richard Francis Burton

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
  - Isaac Newton

Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning.
  - Marlo Thomas

If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.
  - Mickey Mantle

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.
  - Willem de Kooning

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
  - H. P. Lovecraft

The problem with any unwritten law is that you don't know where to go to erase it.
  - Glaser and Way

"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing."

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
  - Norm Papernick

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
  - Robert Louis Stevenson

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.
  - Jean Paul Richter

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
 - W. H. Auden

The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.
  - Harlan Ellison

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
  - John F. Kennedy

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
  - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I wanted to tell her that if only something were wrong with my body it would be fine, I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head.
—Sylvia Plath, 1966, p. 193

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
  - John Russell

There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.
  - Voltaire

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.
  - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.

My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  - Muhammad Ali

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
  - Voltaire

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
  - Umberto Eco

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
  - Jessamyn West

Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.
  - Frank Zappa

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
  - Bernard Berenson

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
-Redd Foxx

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
  - G. K. Chesterton

The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.
  - Samuel McChord Crothers

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
  - Anonymous

The oldest record man living: 1677/1734 to 1933 which is either 199 or 256 years: Li Ching-Yuen's answer to his secret of a long life:
Tranquility mind
Sit like a tortoise
Walk sprightly like a pigeon
Sleep like a dog

“Wouldn’t you say, Pooh?”
“Say what?” asked Pooh, opening his eyes.
“Music and Living-“
“The same thing,” said Pooh.

From the Tao of Pooh

“One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., Music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf”

Spinoza Quotes:

“Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.”
“Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.”
“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion”
 “I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”
“Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.”
“Pride is pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.”
“We feel and know that we are eternal”
“Sin cannot be conceived in a natural state, but only in a civil state, where it is decreed by common consent what is good or bad”
“God is the indwelling and not the transient cause of all things”
“If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.”

Never judge a book by its movie.
  - J. W. Eagan

Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try.
  Fran Lebowitz

“The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!” ~ The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and that other guy (My comment about this is that any corrupt government can destroy the true intention of any good message.)

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
  - Voltaire

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  - Albert Einstein

“Thinking is easier to create than to control.”  DC Dennett

“If you know deep down that you have the ability and knowledge necessary to give your ideas the careful attention they deserve, if you know at your very core that your vision would enable you to realize most fully your potential as a human being, psychologist, and scientist; if you know that you have the persistence and patience to put up with all of those who tell you it can’t be done or you can’t do it; if you can fulfill all these conditions, then I have one and only one recommendation: Do it!  You owe it not just to yourself, but to psychology as a discipline.”
Dean Keith Simonton (from Psychologist Defying the Crowd)

It might be a real gift to care about something so much that you are willing to make someone very mad. – Elizabeth F. Loftus

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious – Einstein

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
  - Paul Valery

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
  - Matt Groening